"But it says the Levitical priesthood would be "everlasting" and "forever." Please help me understand."
We will address the question of the Levitical priesthood or Levitical issues being “everlasting.” First let’s look at the word itself ...
The Hebrew word used is “olam.” In the Strong’s it is 5769; from 5956: to veil from sight, i.e. conceal; and corresponding to 5957: remote time, the future or past indefinitely. 5769 can mean eternal, but can also mean continuing or perpetual. “Everlasting” can mean “forever” but it can also mean, “as far as one can see” or “into the foreseeable future.” Here are three verses that use the word and some comments on each:
“And I will give to you…all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession…” Gen. 17:8
The intention here was certainly for Israel to posses the land of Canaan. While they had the right to it, they didn’t exercise that right according to Papa’s conditions and they lost it. It will be restored to Israel again, but Israel does not currently posses all the land of Canaan.
“…for their anointing [the sons of Aaron] shall surely be an everlasting priesthood throughout their generations.” Ex. 40:15
The Levitical priesthood lasted for a very long time. To Aaron and his sons, it may as well have been forever because it lasted beyond what they could see in the foreseeable future. But it didn’t literally last forever. There was always a provision in the Torah for a change to come. Look at the prophecy regarding the kingship of Judah in Genesis 49:10:
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.”
We now know who Shiloh is and that He has already come. We also know that He is not only King but also Priest. The book of Hebrews teaches that there has been a change in priesthoods, and with that change comes changes in the law.
“If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the law was given to the people), why was there still need for another priest to come—one in the order of Melchizedek, not in the order of Aaron? For when there is a change of the priesthood, there must also be a change of the law.” Heb. 7:11-12
Here is an example of a change in law that I’m sure you are already well aware of:
“And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.” Lev. 16:34
This is referring to the annual process of atonement under the Levitical law. It lasted for hundreds of years. But is it still necessary for a Levitical priest to make atoning sacrifices for sin? What does the Bible say?
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Ye'shua, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7-9
“…He taketh away the first, that He may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Ye'shua ha’Mashiach once for all…. But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of YHVH.” Heb. 10:9-12.
The second covenant comes with many benefits, not the least of which is the Ruach ha'kodesh. There is a lot to explore and learn there. But it is important to understand something. Not only has Ye'shua ushered in a new Priesthood, but also a new administration because He is both Priest and King. As subjects of that administration, it is an act of treason to deny the Kings new order—the Melchizedek Order. This is not something to be careless or cavalier about. He did not come to judge but to gather (Gen. 49:10). But there is one (YHVH) who is going to judge.
“And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and recieveth not my words, hath one [YHVH] that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” John 12:47-48.
It is our mission here at Teshuvah Ministries to help Israel rightly divide the word of truth so they can operate properly as Melchizedek priests.